Sarmaturbo superbus (Zittel, 1864). A fossil sea snail operculum.; AU8850
Sarmaturbo superbus (Zittel, 1864). A fossil sea snail operculum.About this object
Fossil cat's eye or operculum. It is the hard cover that blocks off the opening of a sea snail's shell to protect it from predators. It was collected from Church Bay on Waiheke Island, near Auckland, North Island, New Zealand and is of Early Miocene age (22-19 million years old). The snail it came from was the size and shape of a large grapefruit, about 20 cm in diameter.Object Type
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